Versatile Wireless Data Net

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNS05AA40C
Agency Tracking Number: 040043
Amount: $99,845.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc.
3411-C Triana Blvd., Huntsville, AL, 35805
DUNS: 876625013
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Morris
 Principal Investigator
 (256) 534-9067
 doug.morris@alphabetatech.com
Business Contact
 Douglas Morris
Title: Business Official
Phone: (256) 534-9067
Email: doug.morris@alphabetatech.com
Research Institution
 Auburn University
 Douglas Morris
 215 East Thach Avenue
Auburn, AL, 36830
 (256) 534-9067
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The proposed R&D is to develop a wireless data networking capability. A prototype capability will result from the Phase 1 and 2 contracts. The Versatile Wireless Data Net (VWDN) employs an 802.11x wireless protocol for a network of sensor, recording, and monitoring nodes. The concept combines extensive computational capability with a family of transducers in self-contained packages with an electrical and environmental immunity. Plug-in transducers include microphones, extensometers, toxic gas, pressure sensors, explosive gas, strain gauges (both resistance and fiber-optical), load cells, electromagnetic flux, pyrometers, and accelerometers; many will be MEMS devices. The net enables coordinated, efficient transmission of measurement signals; self test metrics, and environmental metrics to a recording computer. This computer also performs data display and network control for operator intervention to set network functional priorities and implement appropriate responses to monitoring trouble messages. An existing ABT wireless nodal prototype and workstation computer will be used as the basis for the developing the full network capability, that will primarily use commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) MEMS transducers. After the concept is sufficiently defined, Phase 1 tasks will include a simulation to demonstrate proof of concept.

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